Costco may be mostly associated with giant pallets of toilet paper and similarly vast sheet cakes, so it may come as a surprise that the warehouse chain also carries a wide variety of health and personal care products that go beyond your basic 500-count bottle of vitamin C. These are five things you didn't know you could buy at Costco stores and online. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You May Have Already Had COVID.
Immunizations for Travel
It's well known that Costco offers pharmacy services (and their prescriptions tend to be cheaper than Medicare's). Less publicized is this "travel medicine consultation service," in which a doctor can prescribe vaccinations and medications to protect you when traveling abroad. After a virtual consultation, you receive any prescribed shots or drugs at a Costco pharmacy. As with many telemedicine services, it's only available in certain states. $39.99
N95 Face Masks
Early in the pandemic, N95 respirators—which offer the highest level of protection from contaminants in the air, blocking 95%—were scarce. Officials advised the public not to use N95s, to spare a limited supply for medical professionals. Eighteen months of pandemic and production time have changed things, however: N95s are widely available, and a number of health experts say you should be using one to protect against the highly contagious Delta variant. Costco offers a box of 100 N95s at a very competitive $1.50 per mask. $149.99
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Nature's Lab Hyaluronic Acid Capsules
If you purchase skin products—or sit through seemingly hundreds of commercials thereon—you've likely heard of hyaluronic acid. It's a natural substance in the skin that holds up to 100 times its weight in water. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid naturally declines, so it's a favored ingredient in many anti-wrinkle products. Costco offers a twist—hyaluronic acid in a capsule to be taken orally, which also contains collagen, a natural protein that keeps skin taut and plump. Will swallowing these pills show up on your face? The scientific evidence isn't there yet. But if your doctor or dermatologist says the supplement is safe for you to try, here they are. $24.99
Pure Enrichment PurePulse DUO
In the electronics field, Costco is mostly known for giant flat-screen TVs at very low prices. It may not be your first stop for medical devices. But the chain offers a number of products—including massagers, wheelchairs and walkers—to help keep you mobile (and coming to Costco, no doubt). This set of electrode pads claims to offer "medical-grade" treatment for aching body parts, such as the back. $69.99
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Medical Guardian Medical Alert
Your nightmare (and Costco's): You're alone, and you've fallen and can't get up. The answer isn't just available in your memory of those vintage TV commercials. Costco offers a wearable 4G medical alert device, complete with GPS and WiFi. It can automatically detect if you've fallen and contact emergency services, which you can also summon with the touch of a button in the event of a health crisis. $99.99; includes three months of service And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.